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on 1 Jan 2012 07:19

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Films I saw in 2012

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People who added this item 58  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
1. Red Dog (2011)


Red Dog is an entertaining, albeit forgettable, 'aussie' family film which has its share of laughs and drama. However, it's nothing special. It isn't worthy of being watched again.

Saw on January 1st.
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People who added this item 1129  Average listal rating (678 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
2. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)


The Adventures of Tintin only has a plot because it requires a pretence to string all of the tedious action sequences together and synsethize it into a not-so-cohesive family film with an intentionally ambiguous ending which leaves the possibility for a sequel. Spielberg, I am disappointed.

Saw on January 4th.
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People who added this item 102  Average listal rating (65 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
3. The Trip (2010)


After watching the disappointment that was Tintin, my father and I returned home to watch this entertaining, minimalistic film which I can't help but liken to Alexander Payne's Sideways. The Trip is a very entertaining comedy with a rare human insight, this film certainly compensated for Tintin.

Saw on January 4th.
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People who added this item 1640  Average listal rating (985 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
4. Hugo (2011)


Hugo is a charming piece of entertaining and engaging cinema whose second half is misguided. If this film were nearly as warm and engaging as the first half, I would have regarded this as the perfect film. However, the message in the second half becomes overt and deviates from the charm and whimsy of the first half. It's unfortunate, but it's still worth watching.

Saw on January 14th
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People who added this item 993  Average listal rating (676 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.5 
5. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)


Hot Tub Time Machine is a film which you would expect from such a title; dumb fun. It's entertaining trash which I found serviceable and amusing. What more could you want from a film whose title is 'Hot Tub Time Machine'?

Saw on January 15th
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People who added this item 1017  Average listal rating (613 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a film so brilliant that it could have been filmed in the 1970s. It's visually stunning without being self-aware, it's never overt, it's intelligent and effective. What I appreciate is Tomas Alfredson's direction that it is stylistically authentic and, unlike other films I've seen recently, it doesn't resemble a video game; it's feels fresh and new and that's because it has atmosphere. Unlike the other films this year which were set in the past, Tinker Tailor evokes the past but continues to build on it (and the future of cinema) with new insights.

Saw on January 24th.
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People who added this item 1041  Average listal rating (699 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
7. The Descendants (2011)


I fail to understand why this film is receiving such praise from critics. The Descendants is an uneven and conventional drama which isn't as insightful as it appears to be.

Saw on January 26th.
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People who added this item 113  Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
8. House of Games (1987)


House of Games features some dull characterisation and explanatory dialogue that causes the film to be easily predictable and subsequently forgettable.

Saw on January 26th.
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People who added this item 3092  Average listal rating (1878 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
9. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)


Stanley Kubrick's insightful portrait of human sexuality is critically underrated. The critics seemed intimidated and unwilling to recognize this film's elegant wisdom this film upon release. What a challenging breath of fresh air. This film feels timeless.

Saw on January 27th.
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People who added this item 1684  Average listal rating (1021 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.9 
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


This is a passable genre picture with some decent performances to redeem its tedious, plot driven narrative.

Saw on January 29th.
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People who added this item 528  Average listal rating (317 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
11. Love and Death (1975)


Woody Allen's satire of Russian literature and philosophy is fun and amusing. Yes, it's tedious, it is a vehicle for Woody Allen to crack lame jokes and it lacks the insight of Annie Hall. But, there is an undeniable charm.

Saw on January 31st.
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
12. The Late Show (1977)


A conventional, dry whodunit which fails to transcend its formula.

Saw on February 1st.
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People who added this item 2074  Average listal rating (1330 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
13. Thank You for Smoking (2005)


This is an entertaining satire which assays the apparent conflict regarding freedom of speech and the conflict between professional and personal relationships.

Saw on February 1st.
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People who added this item 337  Average listal rating (200 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
14. Paper Moon (1973)


Paper Moon is an offbeat film which embraces the great depression and its flawed unabashedly. Paper Moon is unique in its tone and clever in its execution. Paper Moon is impressive because it is pure cinema at its finest.

Saw on February 1st.
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People who added this item 1994  Average listal rating (1222 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
15. The Sound of Music (1965)


This was a nice piece of entertaining sentimentality which satisfied my curiosity.

Saw on February 3rd.
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People who added this item 293  Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
16. Ninotchka (1939)


This romantic comedy is decent yet forgettable, stilted and dated. I'm afraid Greta Garbo's charm is the only reason I watched this film in its entirety. Not to mention, I could barely tolerate Melvyn Douglas and found it contrived that Garbo would fall for such a dull character.

Saw on February 14th
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People who added this item 180  Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
17. Little Caesar (1931)


Edward G. Robinson's depiction of the eponymous character is primarily the reason that this film hasn't dated to the extent that other films of its era have.

Saw on February 16th
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
18. The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007)


A decent documentary I watched on YouTube that focuses on Kubrick's brilliance.

Saw on February 17th
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People who added this item 1267  Average listal rating (763 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
19. The Artist (2011)


Though it lacks the insight of such superior films as Sunset Boulevard, it has enough charm and nostalgia to service its audience with light-hearted entertainment, something severely lacking in today's films.

Saw on February 18th
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People who added this item 78  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
20. Dinner at Eight (1933)


One of the first engaging MGM films I've encountered in months that doesn't feel nearly as stilted and dated as other films of its era. Perhaps, this is because George Cukor and co-screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz have a certain insight in their films beneath the star appeal and comedy.

Saw on February 22nd
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People who added this item 175  Average listal rating (90 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
21. Me and Orson Welles (2008)


Christian McKay's performance as the demanding, arrogant and brilliant young Orson Welles is the primary reason I watched this film. Besides McKay's performance and Welles' characterisation, the film is quite forgettable.

Saw on February 22nd
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People who added this item 299  Average listal rating (172 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.7 
22. Killer's Kiss (1955)


Kubrick's early effort is not without its flaws; in fact, if Kubrick's hadn't directed it, I probably wouldn't have been motivated to watch it. Yet, it demonstrates Kurick's promise and future prospects as a master of cinema. Nevertheless, I was underwhelmed by the unexpected happy ending.

Saw on February 22nd.
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People who added this item 193  Average listal rating (113 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
23. High Sierra (1941)


Warner Bros. produced some of the greatest crime films of the '30s and '40s; High Sierra is one of them. It's also the film responsible for Humphrey Bogart's ascension to stardom. High Sierra is a very engaging and complex film.

Saw on February 29th.
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People who added this item 872  Average listal rating (540 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.4 
24. Frankenstein (1994)


This film is an insult to Mary Shelley's vision that reduces her subtle philosophical musings and proficient storytelling to a loud, bombastic Monty Python sketch.

Saw on February 29th.
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People who added this item 231  Average listal rating (127 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
25. Winnie the Pooh (2011)


It's tragic that most parents overlooked this delightful piece of family fare and instead opted for derivative popular culture references in an ostensible remake of The Smurfs. My sister bought this film for her son and I watched his face throughout the film; it had been inspired with joy. If only more children's films were as nostalgic and enjoyable as this.

Saw on March 1st.
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People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
26. Cosi (1996)


To say that this adaptation of Louis Nowra's charming play is sub-par is a gross understatement. Almost all of the characters' characterisation is exaggerated, Barry Otto and Jackie Weaver are miscast, it's situated in the 1990s and rarely are the comic moments genuinely amusing. Cosi is a trainwreck.

Saw on March 2nd.
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People who added this item 584  Average listal rating (326 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
27. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)


There is probably a story worth telling beneath Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a film that is poorly told through uncomfortable close-ups and superfluous angles which add nothing to the film. This film required some observant long shots and a screenplay that didn't feature an over-abundance of exposition.

Saw on March 2nd.
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People who added this item 222  Average listal rating (143 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
28. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)


What a great film! Tension boils within the characters in response to the simple motivations of McReedy and this simply generates tension and interest.

Saw on March 7th.
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People who added this item 376  Average listal rating (233 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
29. Contraband (2012)


Contraband is formulaic, sloppy storytelling at its most shameless. I was waiting for the film to generate interest and, possibly, substance yet, there was absolutely no purpose in watching this excuse for a crime film. All emotion is manufactured and all interest is ultimately nullified by the formula to which it so obviously adhered.

Watched on March 9th.
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People who added this item 1236  Average listal rating (706 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
30. All About My Mother (1999)


This is an engaging and entertaining examination of motherhood. I've concluded that Pedro Almovadar is a modern George Cukor; a 'woman's director' whose films are characterised by an honest charm.

Watched on March 22nd.

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People who added this item 2157  Average listal rating (1440 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
31. The Hunger Games (2012)


Initially, I was sceptical towards The Hunger Games. I assumed that the premise was based on Battle Royale before a friend of mine convinced me that it was a genuinely well-made film that doesn't adhere to the conventions of young adult fiction. To my surprise, he was correct; The Hunger Games is an intense and surprisingly human film that poses some fascinating questions about the role of entertainment. I think that the engaging characterisation of the female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, was one of the most surprising and impressive aspects of this film. This isn't a masterpiece, but it is serviceable entertainment and that is more than the majority of films provide nowadays.

Watched on March 24th.
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People who added this item 587  Average listal rating (362 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
32. American Splendor (2003)


American Splendor is a charming and quirky film which balances offbeat qualities with profound pessimism. It seems to accurately portray my attitude towards life which is uncommon in films and even more difficult to manage in a cohesive film. I don't adore this film, but I do identify with many of its characters.

Watched on March 24th.
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People who added this item 667  Average listal rating (390 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
33. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)


The Purple Rose of Cairo is a very charming and engaging film which reminded me of Midnight in Paris in many respects, especially regarding its themes of escapism and illusion. It's almost uncommon, at least in the context of the films I've seen, for Woody Allen to take such a light-hearted approach to this subject matter.

Watched on March 24th.
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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 29 14:17
Great thoughts on Eyes Wide Shut, one of my favorite films. "Underrated" and "timeless" describe it perfectly. And when I was your age, I definitely wasn't mature enough to understand and/or appreciate it, so kudos to you for already having that sensibility.

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